The Federal Election Commission posted the August fundraising reports from the presidential candidates and, at least here in Maryland, it's not really much of a horserace. Let's go to the numbers.
Statewide, McCain has raised $2,475,320 from Marylanders through the end of August - certainly an impressive sum. Obama, on the other hand, has raised $10,198,452 - more than four times as much. This is certainly an indication of where Maryland's political sentiments lie. So, where in Maryland did the money come from?
As you might expect, the bulk of the money came from wealthy Mongtomery County residents. People living in ZIP codes beginning with '208' contributed $1,057,182 to John McCain's campaign - almost half of his statewide total. Contributions to the Obama campaign from that area totalled $4,807,624.
Prince George's County residents opened their wallets for Obama who garnered $1,298,178 from residents in ZIP codes beginning with '207'. McCain did poorly in this heavily African-American area getting only $118,022 in contributions, less than a tenth of Obama's take.
Another area with a huge disparity has been the Eastern Montgomery/Western Prince George's area where the ZIP codes begin with '209'. This ethnically diverse area has gone solidly for Obama, contributing $1,191,017 to his campaign and only $98,623 to the McCain campaign. That's about a 12:1 ratio in favor of Obama.
Where did McCain do well? In the 210xx zip codes in Harford County and northern Baltimore County, McCain hauled in $315,725 while Obama got $746,182 in contributions - not exactly a McCain victory but at least a better showing than in the DC suburbs.
Of course you've all been waiting to see how the candidates are doing here on the Eastern Shore. If McCain can win anywhere, you would think it would be here among the deeply conservative Eastern Shore residents.
As we've known for some time, residents of the Eastern Shore are not big political donors. But for what it's worth, here are the numbers.
|Lower Shore (ZIP 218xx)||$46,019||$39,075|
|Mid Shore (ZIP 216xx)||$139,333||$193,176|
|Upper Shore (ZIP 219xx)||$12,004||$14,082|
So, even on the Shore, Obama is running ahead of McCain in donations. Only here on the Lower Shore does McCain come out ahead in contributions. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the election.